Georgia Power declined to conduct a study to determine the value of solar. If it isn’t documented, they make claims without accountability and deny what outside experts say. It sounds like middle school behavior but the stakes are very high and Georgia Power knows how to play this game.
Here’s the truth: Rooftop solar does best during hot summer afternoons when peak energy is expensive to produce and expensive for us to pay for. There is value to non-solar customers to reducing those energy costs.
Other benefits rooftop solar provides to the grid includes avoided substation upgrades, avoided transmission line upgrades, and avoided expensive peaker plant costs to construct and run. Peaker plants are standby power plants that operate for less than 100 hours a year, sometimes less than 10 hours a year, that cost hundreds of millions of dollars to sit around doing nothing until they are needed. Rooftop solar would reduce all of these costs and the value likely far outweighs whatever laughably small cost-shift occurs, if any occurs at all.
We do know that there is a cost shift from large homes with soaring foyers and pool pumps using a large share of expensive peak energy they don’t pay extra for that drives up costs for everyone. Spare me your crocodile tears, Georgia Power. You don’t care about a cost shift or you would have solved that decades ago. What you care about is being the only one to profit from inexpensive solar energy. And that means the rooftop solar market must be crushed.
So Georgia will remain in 43rd place for state rankings of rooftop solar.
Oh the irony! The same day (12/20/22) Georgia’s elected commissioners declined to expand rooftop solar net metering, the New York Times published an article about Google’s goals for carbon-free energy hitting roadblocks at state-regulated utilities, “particularly in the Southeast”, with a photo of Georgia’s highly polluting coal plant, Plant Bowen